Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Mars Is A Real Place" has been released!

I'm happy to announce that I'm sending a new VR experience out into the wild, and this time I'm charging a small amount for it.  Despite the relatively simple screenshots and premise, I'm hopeful that the few people that take a chance on it will enjoy it.  It's definitely not for everyone, but like all my VR demos and experiences, I tend to build what I would love to see for myself.

Mars Is A Real Place is a short and musicsl slideshow of stereoscopic 3D landscapes, and it is available for three VR platforms right out of the gate:

  • Oculus Rift DK2 (via itch.io)
  • Samsung Gear VR (via Oculus Store)
  • Google Cardboard (via Google Play, might be a couple hours before it shows up)

(I just had to take a step back and reflect on how amazing it is that there are at least three VR platforms, let alone one!)

Anyway, this experience is virtually the same on all three platforms, but with extra care taken to round out the user experience on the more robust platforms.   I'm sure it goes without saying that the better your VR device, the better the user experience is ultimately going to be. On the off-chance that this sells more than a handful of copies, I'll share the results of simultaneously releasing this on multiple platforms.

If you happen to pick up the DK2 or Cardboard version and run into any problems, don't hesitate to reach out to me at support (at) drashvr (dot) com with feedback, and to get a refund for DK2 purchases. (Cardboard users can simply use the Refund button at the top of the app's store listing.)  The Gear VR one shouldn't have any issues as there's currently only one device to target. :)

This experience's official site can be found at www.MarsIsARealPlace.com.